Fermented Shark and other Icelandic Delights

I’m just back from a long weekend in Reykjavik, Iceland and what a foodie treat it turned out to be with some of the tastiest dishes I’ve ever had. I’ve put together a wee selection that we tried – sadly I didn’t manage puffin but I got a few others under my belt including the dreaded fermented shark, whale, horse and wind dried fish!

The first notable meal was in the restaurant at The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa – one of the tastiest meals I’ve ever had and a couple of firsts – liquorice ice cream (delicious) and Arctic char (like a cross between salmon and trout).

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This sign in a Tapas bar made me laugh – clearly after my own heart – if you want a well done steak, order chicken! This was also the bar where the staff decided to reward our custom with an Icelandic aniseed liqueur, Topas, served chilled, it had a distinct Olbas Oil taste to it – something I’m now fully qualified to comment on!

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Laekjarbrekka is a traditional Iceland restaurant and one of the oldest buildings in the city, the menu looked amazing so we were really lucky to be able to get a last-minute reservation on a Saturday night.

Fermented Greenland shark, despite it’s strong ammonia smell, wasn’t actually that bad, even if it was served in a sealed jar to keep the smell at bay. This dish is usually eaten on special occasions – shark is poisonous so it’s buried for 6 months to putrefy and then hung up to remove all the toxins and make it safe to consume – personally I’d rather have a good steak! I really loved the wind dried fish dipped in butter and the whale too. My peppered horse sirloin was also really tasty.

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And this is my new favourite cocktail, Mezcal and Rhubarb, sipped while admiring the stunning view from Reykjavik’s Sky Bar. It was swiftly followed by another…

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Seafood and lamb prevails on traditional menus but all in all you can get any type of cuisine you fancy in Reykjavik – I even spotted Subway, KFC and Taco Bell as well as English Pubs and Irish Bars, not that they were on our agenda. On the whole it’s a bit pricier than the UK but the quality of some of our meals and the price were on a par with most Edinburgh restaurants of a similar type. The wine prices seemed to vary wildly, especially by the bottle, but a decent sized glass often came in around £5 and cocktails about £10.

Now I can’t wait for our return trip!

Non foodie highlights included the Blue lagoon geothermal spa – such a treat and a spectacular 2 hour aurora display. Sadly our whale watching trip got cancelled but we’ll get that in next time, along with geysers and volcanoes.

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